12 Oct 2020
Liverpool City Region has been placed in Tier Three, the most restrictive of the Government’s three-tier coronavirus lockdown measures.
Tier One represents a medium alert level, which covers most of the country. Tier Two represents a high alert, while Tier Three is very high levels of alert.
Restrictions will be enforced from Wednesday 14th October throughout the Liverpool City Region – which includes Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens and Halton. There will be no mixing of households indoors or in private gardens, pubs and bars will close, as will leisure centres, gyms, betting shops, casinos, and adult gaming centres.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced support for business affected, including up to £3,000 per month for those forced to close, and furlough for workers worth two thirds of their wages, up to £2,100 per month.
Tracy Mawson, Chief Executive at St Helens Chamber commented: “St Helens Chamber is clear that business can’t be switched on and off like a tap. Business owners have invested in operating safely and should be able to continue to do so, maintaining the economy and our local jobs. These short-term measures devised in Westminster don’t sit well in the real world when business owners need confidence and employees need their jobs to remain.
“Every business is now concerned about future restrictions. We are calling for an effective track and trace system plus proper financial support for people who have to self-isolate and for all firms affected by employees unable to go to work and reduced trading conditions.
“While local firms have been extremely supportive of the need to lockdown in the past, we need more clarity and transparency at this stage, and confidence that the real-world consequences for our Members and communities are understood. Imposing these restrictions with a reduced financial support provision is a slap in the face to our wide Membership of small independent businesses whose livelihoods are on the line.
“We need to know the route-map to recovery for all sectors, and a guarantee that our vital manufacturing and logistics firms are able to keep operating and not become subject to a roller-coaster of restrictions.”